Introduction

Anisha Faruk, Chair of Council: Hello, welcome to the last student council of Michaelmas term. I'm Anisha Faruk, chair of council, Queen's college, she/ her. Before you begin speaking, please make sure that you always say your name, College, pronouns. So the first thing on the agenda is minutes from the previous meeting. So are there any matters arising from the previous meeting? Seeing none, the minutes pass.

So we have a few motions below the line that I’d like to point out, selection of the Rag annual charities, regulation changes, Student Council ratifying the appointment of Charlie slack as external appeals officer. On the slide, it's got the name of last year's external appeals officer, so just be aware of that, but it's Charlie slack. And then finally the ratification of divisional representatives. So if are there any objections to any of those or anything that anybody wants to bring above the line. Seeing none, those pass. And now on to elections in council if Alex Kumar could.


Elections in Council

Alex Kumar, Returning Officer: Thank You Chair. May I say it's been an honour working with you as returning officer this term and I'm sure I'm not the only one for whom this 7th week council is an emotional experience. For returning officer which is my position for next term which is gonna be very important, because we have the annual elections we have one candidate, which is Finn Conway, Balliol College. Would anyone like to see a hust. Seeing yes.  Finn, please. So, okay if you can hust for a couple of minutes. 

Finn Conway, Balliol College: I'm Finn, he/him, Balliol College, third year. This is basically what it says on the tin to be honest. I've served on the Elections Committee, and we've made her rulings about the upcoming election, so I'm already familiar with some of the differences from last year and some of the bylaws etc. So I’ve already known what's going to happen and yeah I'm willing to do the job. I don't know if there anyone has any questions they wish to ask then, go ahead.

Returning Officer Election

Candidate First Round Results (Quota: 21)
Finn Conway 39 (Elected)
RON 3

Abstentions - 0

Alex Kumar, Returning Officer: Okay, now for Chair of Council, we have one candidate. Would anyone like to see a hust? Yes,okay. Where is the candidate? This gentleman, is the candidate present? Okay, seeing no candidate. However, they have provided this. So can I read it out? Why should I be elected for this role?

"I would like to stand for the position of Chair of Council, as one I have experience of organizing and managing committees, handling key decisions when I was working in Ministry of skill development in entrepreneurship in the Government of India. Two, I also have a significant administrative experience under a structured system in the government. I've also run in handled projects with budget over 2 billion u.s. dollars. Three, I have been an active member of student community in my undergraduate University responsible for managing two societies and starting a new society. Four, I have tried to be a part of the college MCR by running the MCR elections as BAME rep as an effort to give back to the College community. I'd like to be a part of the student council in order to give back to the community and also bring in perspectives of international students, graduate students and students from ethnic minority."

Chair of Council Election

Candidate First Round Results (Quota: 20)
Gaurav Jain 35 (Elected)
RON 5

Abstentions - 0

Alex Kumar, Returning Officer: Now for steering committee, we have one candidate which is Grace Davis. Would anyone like to request a hust? Okay, Grace, please. You have two minutes, you don't have to.

Grace Davis: Hello, so I want to stand for steering committee. I've been involved in student politics alone not in SU yet. And I've enjoyed my time being involved in this, specifically this term I've been secretary of the labour club, I particularly liked the constitutional aspect of that. So when motions happen looking for you to check that, it will be able to adhere to the constitution, I think that would be applicable to this position. I've also been involved in the Oxford Student - I've been news editor for this term and so I have covered stories about the issue, and I would just like to be more involved. Thanks.

Steering Committee Election

Candidate First Round Results (Quota: 20.5)
Grace Davis 41 (Elected)
RON 0

Abstentions - 0

Alex Kumar, Returning Officer: It's truly been an honour serving as your returning officer this term, Council. And I look forward to handing over to my successor, who I believe has already left the building. 


Reports to Council

Anisha Faruk, Chair of Council: Thank you, Alex. So now moving on to reports to council. We have apologies from Allison VP grads. So if the rest of this.

Katt Walton, Oxford, SU: Hi, I'm Katt Walton, she/her, VP women. So I've not been to two councils, because I was ill. And then I was away by sending apologies, so that's okay. I have some stuff that I've done and I have been developing queer consent workshops and I did them at Wadham. I also went to Auschwitz on a trip on Monday with Ellie and Rosanna, where we learn about tackling antisemitism on campus and there'll be a blog on the website about that. I've also been working on a trans 101 as part of one of the recommendations coming out of the trans report. I'm also helping out on reclaim the night which is on the 25th this Sunday, which is a big march for women leaders, which is about reclaiming the night and taking back off streets from violence. I've been paying a big mural today at the issue, and that went really well and that's pretty much it. Yeah thanks.

Ellie Macdonald, Oxford SU: Hi, Council. My name is Ellie, I'm the vice president for Welfare and Equal Opportunities. So what have I been getting up to in the last two weeks? Well, it's gonna be a very exciting announcement about estranged students between Oxford and Cambridge in the coming weeks, so please please look out for that because there's some radical changes coming through. I've been working with Katt on new changes to the sexual violence disciplinary procedures, which is really exciting, hopefully we'll have some really great results by the end of the year. Classic, being talking about mental health, again, again, again to senior leadership because it is within the university and I think we're finally getting somewhere. So really positive steps are being taken and I'm really looking forward to next term.

Joe Inwood, Oxford SU: Hi Council, I'm Joe Inwood, he/ him, president. I've been working hard at last couple weeks on various things. One of them was the be BAME leadership event, which is on Monday. And that was a great success. Lucas was there as well and Hannah, and many of the students who were there. It was a great success and hopefully lead to future ones in years to come. I've also been working with Ellie on lobbying on mental health strategy as always, but also talking to common room presidents about rent and planning action for next term on this a coordinated weekly rent action group of interested students who are going to work together to try and stop rents increasing further. Willing to have to answer any questions. I've also been talking to people who are interested in running for my job next year, because the elections are coming up really soon. So if you want to chat to me about that I'd be really happy to go for coffee and ask me any questions. Cheers.

Lucas Bertholdi, Oxford SU: Yeah, hi everyone. I'm Lucas Bertholdi, he/him, I’m your vice president for Access and Academic Affairs. Like the others, I'd like to say if you are interested in running for my job next year, please do get in touch because elections are early in February, 4th week next term. In terms of what my job is, I've been working with University on raise of admissions. You might have seen an article that I published in The Guardian about that. And there's more going on under the surface. We've been tidying up. We finished drafting the consultation on undergraduate access and education. And I'll be going around to your JCRs hopefully by tomorrow afternoon. So look out for that and feedback what you think we should be focusing on, what our principles should be in approaching access work. I’ve also been helping out on the BAME access conference for example, and giving us some support to student societies for example OSDC which today launched their library accessibility report. So it's very exciting and lots of interesting stuff is going on. Do run for my job.

Rosanna Greenwood, Oxford SU: Hi everyone, hope you are all good. So busy a few weeks for me, I've written a report to the sustainability steering group about the great things that students been up to. I wrote a report on veggie pledge and we had twice the amount of students than last year, we had around almost 1,700 students and Brasenose won. And what else I've been doing, lots of creating a sustainable steering group, museums board, course committee. Oh yeah, today I met with university parks, because the SU is organizing, I don't know how many people went or heard of Springtide two years ago? Maybe not many of you. Okay, so it's a festival that the SU organizes for students but also for the local community. So we're doing that again this year, so I met with university parks today to start the ball rolling with that. Oh I've also been writing our report to the local city plan, which the last point on the agenda. I could do a bit of a hand with, but basically the local plan is a huge document, and it lays out some of the policies that the local council is going to be using up until 2036 to kind of guide the future of the city.

Anisha Faruk, Chair of Council: Any questions to the sabbatical officers? Seeing none. Thank you. Okay, so now we move on to our only motion above the line, which is the campaign's review. You might find this is familiar from the last student council meeting, because it involves the changes to the bylaws, we need it to be passed at this meeting too, to come into effect.


Motion: Campaign Review

Joe Inwood, Oxford SU: Thank you very much. Joe Inwood, he/him, Oxford SU. You've heard from me about this before, this is a really crucial bit of changes to our governance. It might not look that exciting, but what this means in practice is that it comes first week Hillary term, we will have new projects up and running new campaigns, things that students want to work on across the university with SU funding, staff support, some legitimacy, as they've been both through student council and kind of a big fuss made about them, which is not a very articulate way of saying that the proposed changes are going to make it much easier for students to get access to the SU and do cool stuff. We have to answer any questions. And also if you're interested in setting up a project, if you've got an idea in mind, something you want to work on and use the SU as a platform to do that, get in touch with us, in particular get in touch with the student engagement coordinators - Hannah and Josh - their email address is studentengagement@oxfordsu.ox.ac.uk. Alternatively, if it's something in a particular sabbatical area, just get in touch with the SAB, and we can guide you through our governance, so you don't have to understand our bylaws back-to-front we'll just make it happen. Cheers.

Anisha Faruk, Chair of Council: Any short factual questions? long substantive questions? Any opposition? Seeing none, I think that passes without opposition.


Item for Discussion: What does the student body think about the current nightlife in the city of Oxford?

Anisha Faruk, Chair of Council: So the final item is items for debate and the item for debate is, what does the student body think about the current nightlife in the city of Oxford.

Rosanna Greenwood, Oxford SU: So, basically a lot of the things in the local plan are like pretty obvious on what the student view is. Chapter 7 is about Oxford as a vibrant city, and it talks about its kind of wrote the policies behind what buildings are used for, but at the moment there isn't really anything in there about protecting nightlife as such. And I was wondering whether it is something the students saw is important, and whether it impacts the student experiences and whether it will do if there weren't any nightclubs in Oxford.

Katt Walton, Oxford, SU: I'm Katt Walton, VP women, she/her. I think it's really important that we do have nightclubs. Mainly because, I think one of the things the university thinks is that students will just stop going out, which is obviously like very stupid. Because student will just find other places to go out, they'll have more parties, they'll probably have more parties in colleges, which will that make the university even more angry. So really, it's no win for the university. And also we need to remember that like a lot of the land, where clubs are is owned by colleges, and colleges are shutting them down, because of the reason they want students to study harder. But what's really bad is that we kind of forget that this is the city for the community as well, and the community likes going out to these clubs as well. It's not just students we go out, so it's kind of not good. So yeah, in essence the university is shutting down clubs is really bad.

Bethan Hughes, WomCam: Hi I'm Bethan, she/her, Womcam, co-chair. Clubs are such an important part of the student experience, but also looking at the ones that are kind of shutting down or claiming to shut down, things like Plush, the only LGBTQ+ club in the city, also the only like vaguely accessible one in the city, also the only club that holds one night a week, so one night a month, they hold a club night for people with severe learning difficulties. Carers are free, they don't serve alcohol, it is that accessible on that night, it's an early night. But it's a chance for young people in the community, so not only students, just go out and to experience something that everyone else doesn't take for granted. So there are so many things that are important about that, and a change of venue may make it inaccessible which will then mean that they can't really host that night in good conscience. There's also, you know the cheaper clubs seem to be closing and so on. So yeah it's very much definitely one of those things dumping the spirits of Oxford.

Staszek Welsh, University College: Staszek Welsh, University College, he/ him. Just as a point of information more than anything else. I've been here for too many years and over my time, it's obviously there's partly a reaction to and closing. But I've seen many clubs close over a number of years now. It's based like Carbon, Wahoo, Baby Love, Warehouse. This is not just a recent occurrence. This is a trend that's been going on over a number of years now.

Rosanna Greenwood, Oxford SU: That’s really interesting, thank you. This is really important for me to. Well, firstly students within colleges that own the land, so that they could effectively lobby because then it's clear that nightclubs are important, but also like this is a prime time for us to kind of get our views out to the local council, so they're aware of what students want and what's important students.

Ellie Macdonald, Oxford SU: Ellie Macdonald, VP Welfare and Equal Opps, she/they. So firstly, I think spaces like Plush is closing down, we see there's on a national scale LGBTQ spaces are closing down constantly, due to gentrification. And it's a real shame because there is nowhere where you can feel part of a community then, those spaces start to become fewer and far between. And sometimes people aren't comfortable going into spaces that are queer but not nightclubs. So for me, like I went into Plush, it was quite good because you know there was no expectation. It was somewhere I was really kind of explore part of myself and I think in a wider scale, nightclubs, you know, have that social element and that is, like you know, the part of a normal University experience. And to take that away, I think it would actually detract from Oxford. Oxford already has a reputation for not having a nightclub scene. Actually we had a really good like an okay ish one, like a few years ago. But if we close more and more down, people are just gonna like oh, Oxford. Reputation is just gonna be decreased in terms of like social life.

Kendya Goodman, New College: Kendya Goodman, New College, she/her. Two things, the first thing is sort of, when it comes to all of the clubs in the centre of town that seemed to be closing like Purple Turtle, and Cellar as well, and Plush. And to me it seems like all that will be left is the Bullington and the O2. And to me that is such a like, it creates such a class dimension to Oxford clubbing, not everyone can afford 17 quid every Saturday night. So we need free clubs, we need cheap clubs. But also in terms of Cellar more specifically, I think that Oxford loses so much. For example, like with the opening of Westgate, Oxford lost so much of its independent, interestingness, like the whole High Street just died. And it seems like this whole the City Council needs to do more to protect what's unique and not just mass brand chains, like things like fever you get them all over. But Cellar is an independent music venue, and the City Council needs to make it a priority instead of making it feel like, it's this constant witch hunt where they every year threatened to close it down, it seems like they're not working constructively with it.

Rosanna Greenwood, Oxford SU: Just as a point of information on that, the council very much heard that people were upset about the potential of Cellar closing. So the issue with Cellar is their fire regulations, and they can't do anything about that. But it's actually protected now as a music venue. So for, I don't know how long, what is protected at the moment for it to only be a music venue even though the restriction is only fifty people, because of the fire regulations.

Adam Packer, St John’s College: Hello, my name is Adam Packer, St John’s College, he/him. I’ve got a few questions of like clarification, say what is the public consultation process for the report? I don't know if you mentioned, but who is producing the report? Is that the City Council or is there like subgroup of people or a combination both? And then have there been any updates on what's happening with Plush or any of the other clubs?

Rosanna Greenwood, Oxford SU: Okay, so it's the City Council. It's been through the kind of opinion section. So that SU has already responded once, and the university is responding separately, and the colleges are responding separately. I'm responding on behalf of the SU, on behalf of the students. But at the moment it's kind of there is a very solid draft plan, it's online you can go and look at it, but it's very heavy and a little bit boring. And basically, at the moment it's more oppositional, so we would kind of oppose the lack of something being in there. It doesn't now though our response won't go back to the city, it will go back to an independent body that is reviewing the report. And that's how it works. Any updates on those clubs? No. I suppose, it's one of those things there, if you know that your college owns any land or has anything to do with, if there are rumours around the fact that they're going to close. Come and speak to me and I will help you speak to your college. So if you're aware of any problems never mind in regards to nightlife, but full stop. Come and speak to me because I'll be able to help you with that, sorry that wasn't very helpful.

Katt Walton, Oxford, SU: I just have an update on Plush, just because I know that like general manager who said that, it isn't like imminently closing. And if it does it's going to be moved very swiftly to another central location that is level access, and it will be an LGBTQ Club. I'm pretty sure that's happening, but don't like quote me on that, but that's what I've been told by him.

Rosanna Greenwood, Oxford SU: And just to add to that. In terms of relationships with the council, but also within the university, I'm in a really good position that I can get quite a lot of support in regards to responding to things like this. So do let me know if you hear any rumours about things closing that you think the students will be bothered about. And you're going to say something else sorry? Yes.

Adam Packer, St John’s College: I've heard stuff about Plush too.

Emily Wilkins, St Hilda’s: Emily, she/her, St Hilda’s. Two things. Firstly, I think it's dangerous if we have less clubs, if anyone goes to a club park end on a bridge queue on Wednesday or Thursday. They are hell, they are dangerous, they are awful. Those clubs are not policed properly. And I'm I would not be surprised if someone gets seriously injured in one of those clubs, because we are shutting down spaces, and the options are so limited. And also I think to some extent shutting down nightlife completely cause an issue. Like some people don't actually have many, they don't want to get involved in Oxford student like activities, like clubs and societies, or sports. And so actually having night outs this place be like hell at times. And actually having out that where you can actually have some fun, and let go. It's beneficial like to their studies as well, because then people aren't having burnouts, and people can actually like keep going, and push their essays, get their essays in in time to go out clubbing, which I've definitely done quite a few times. So yeah, no, it's really important across the board that we keep this opportunity open to everyone.

Lucas Bertholdi, Oxford SU: Hi, Lucas, he/him, VP for Access and Academic Affairs. In terms of the next sort the plan is in place for 15 years or whatever, looks for 15 years in terms of that I wonder if it might be worth proposing new sort of nightclub areas in Oxford. I don't think anyone hears from Brookes University, but obviously the clubs in central Oxford are quite far from Brookes, and a lot of students also live out in Cowley in East Oxford. It might be interesting to know. I don't believe there are any clubs beyond the Bullington on Cowley road or anywhere beyond Cowley road. So could be good to have an area in East Oxford.

Joe Inwood, Oxford SU: Joe, he/him. It might be worth if people really feel strongly about this contact the local councillor and hold them to account really. So if you're in Carfax or Holywell, we speak to the local councillors quite a lot on behalf of the student voice, but if they also hear from you directly, just send them an email saying what are you doing to stop the erosion of nightlife in the city of Oxford and see what they say.

Rosanna Greenwood, Oxford SU: In response to that, if anyone feels strong about this and wants to chat with me a little bit more about that so just send me a message on Facebook. Thank you so much that was really useful. Thank you.

Anisha Faruk, Chair of Council: Thank you. Is there any other business?

Joe Inwood, Oxford SU: Hello, this is me to be really really cheeky, and probably isn't allowed. So if the chair tells me to stop then just do it. But I've just had a thought that, obviously Council meets every fortnight and so far this term we've had quite a few councils where there hasn't been a big agenda. Can I do a really cheeky not to allowed show of hands if there were fewer councils in a term as in fewer than four, would you be in favour of that? Okay cool, we'll bear that in mind and I think we're going to come back next term with some proposals. Thanks.

Rosanna Greenwood, Oxford SU: So, basically a lot of the things in the local plan are like pretty obvious on what the student view is. Chapter 7 is about Oxford as a vibrant city, and it talks about its kind of wrote the policies behind what buildings are used for, but at the moment there isn't really anything in there about protecting nightlife as such. And I was wondering whether it is something the students saw is important, and whether it impacts the student experiences and whether it will do if there weren't any nightclubs in Oxford.

Katt Walton, Oxford SU: I'm Katt Walton, VP women, she/her. I think it's really important that we do have nightclubs. Mainly because, I think one of the things the university thinks is that students will just stop going out, which is obviously like very stupid. Because student will just find other places to go out, they'll have more parties, they'll probably have more parties in colleges, which will that make the university even more angry. So really, it's no win for the university. And also we need to remember that like a lot of the land, where clubs are is owned by colleges, and colleges are shutting them down, because of the reason they want students to study harder. But what's really bad is that we kind of forget that this is the city for the community as well, and the community likes going out to these clubs as well. It's not just students we go out, so it's kind of not good. So yeah, in essence the university is shutting down clubs is really bad.

Bethan Hughes, WomCam: Hi I'm Bethan, she/her, Womcam, co-chair. Clubs are such an important part of the student experience, but also looking at the ones that are kind of shutting down or claiming to shut down, things like Plush, the only LGBTQ+ club in the city, also the only like vaguely accessible one in the city, also the only club that holds one night a week, so one night a month, they hold a club night for people with severe learning difficulties. Carers are free, they don't serve alcohol, it is that accessible on that night, it's an early night. But it's a chance for young people in the community, so not only students, just go out and to experience something that everyone else doesn't take for granted. So there are so many things that are important about that, and a change of venue may make it inaccessible which will then mean that they can't really host that night in good conscience. There's also, you know the cheaper clubs seem to be closing and so on. So yeah it's very much definitely one of those things dumping the spirits of Oxford.

Staszek Welsh, University College: Staszek Welsh, University College, he/ him. Just as a point of information more than anything else. I've been here for too many years and over my time, it's obviously there's partly a reaction to and closing. But I've seen many clubs close over a number of years now. It's based like Carbon, Wahoo, Baby Love, Warehouse. This is not just a recent occurrence. This is a trend that's been going on over a number of years now.

Rosanna Greenwood, Oxford SU: That’s really interesting, thank you. This is really important for me to. Well, firstly students within colleges that own the land, so that they could effectively lobby because then it's clear that nightclubs are important, but also like this is a prime time for us to kind of get our views out to the local council, so they're aware of what students want and what's important students.

Ellie Macdonald, Oxford SU: Ellie Macdonald, VP Welfare and Equal Opps, she/they. So firstly, I think spaces like Plush is closing down, we see there's on a national scale LGBTQ spaces are closing down constantly, due to gentrification. And it's a real shame because there is nowhere where you can feel part of a community then, those spaces start to become fewer and far between. And sometimes people aren't comfortable going into spaces that are queer but not nightclubs. So for me, like I went into Plush, it was quite good because you know there was no expectation. It was somewhere I was really kind of explore part of myself and I think in a wider scale, nightclubs, you know, have that social element and that is, like you know, the part of a normal University experience. And to take that away, I think it would actually detract from Oxford. Oxford already has a reputation for not having a nightclub scene. Actually we had a really good like an okay ish one, like a few years ago. But if we close more and more down, people are just gonna like oh, Oxford. Reputation is just gonna be decreased in terms of like social life.

Kendya Goodman, New College: Kendya Goodman, New College, she/her. Two things, the first thing is sort of, when it comes to all of the clubs in the centre of town that seemed to be closing like Purple Turtle, and Cellar as well, and Plush. And to me it seems like all that will be left is the Bullington and the O2. And to me that is such a like, it creates such a class dimension to Oxford clubbing, not everyone can afford 17 quid every Saturday night. So we need free clubs, we need cheap clubs. But also in terms of Cellar more specifically, I think that Oxford loses so much. For example, like with the opening of Westgate, Oxford lost so much of its independent, interestingness, like the whole High Street just died. And it seems like this whole the City Council needs to do more to protect what's unique and not just mass brand chains, like things like fever you get them all over. But Cellar is an independent music venue, and the City Council needs to make it a priority instead of making it feel like, it's this constant witch hunt where they every year threatened to close it down, it seems like they're not working constructively with it.

Rosanna Greenwood, Oxford SU: Just as a point of information on that, the council very much heard that people were upset about the potential of Cellar closing. So the issue with Cellar is their fire regulations, and they can't do anything about that. But it's actually protected now as a music venue. So for, I don't know how long, what is protected at the moment for it to only be a music venue even though the restriction is only fifty people, because of the fire regulations.

Adam Packer, St John’s College: Hello, my name is Adam Packer, St John’s College, he/him. I’ve got a few questions of like clarification, say what is the public consultation process for the report? I don't know if you mentioned, but who is producing the report? Is that the City Council or is there like subgroup of people or a combination both? And then have there been any updates on what's happening with Plush or any of the other clubs?

Rosanna Greenwood, Oxford SU: Okay, so it's the City Council. It's been through the kind of opinion section. So that SU has already responded once, and the university is responding separately, and the colleges are responding separately. I'm responding on behalf of the SU, on behalf of the students. But at the moment it's kind of there is a very solid draft plan, it's online you can go and look at it, but it's very heavy and a little bit boring. And basically, at the moment it's more oppositional, so we would kind of oppose the lack of something being in there. It doesn't now though our response won't go back to the city, it will go back to an independent body that is reviewing the report. And that's how it works. Any updates on those clubs? No. I suppose, it's one of those things there, if you know that your college owns any land or has anything to do with, if there are rumours around the fact that they're going to close. Come and speak to me and I will help you speak to your college. So if you're aware of any problems never mind in regards to nightlife, but full stop. Come and speak to me because I'll be able to help you with that, sorry that wasn't very helpful.

Katt Walton, Oxford, SU: I just have an update on Plush, just because I know that like general manager who said that, it isn't like imminently closing. And if it does it's going to be moved very swiftly to another central location that is level access, and it will be an LGBTQ Club. I'm pretty sure that's happening, but don't like quote me on that, but that's what I've been told by him.

Rosanna Greenwood, Oxford SU: And just to add to that. In terms of relationships with the council, but also within the university, I'm in a really good position that I can get quite a lot of support in regards to responding to things like this. So do let me know if you hear any rumours about things closing that you think the students will be bothered about. And you're going to say something else sorry? Yes.

Adam Packer, St John’s College: I've heard stuff about Plush too.

Emily Wilkins, St Hilda’s: Emily, she/her, St Hilda’s. Two things. Firstly, I think it's dangerous if we have less clubs, if anyone goes to a club park end on a bridge queue on Wednesday or Thursday. They are hell, they are dangerous, they are awful. Those clubs are not policed properly. And I'm I would not be surprised if someone gets seriously injured in one of those clubs, because we are shutting down spaces, and the options are so limited. And also I think to some extent shutting down nightlife completely cause an issue. Like some people don't actually have many, they don't want to get involved in Oxford student like activities, like clubs and societies, or sports. And so actually having night outs this place be like hell at times. And actually having out that where you can actually have some fun, and let go. It's beneficial like to their studies as well, because then people aren't having burnouts, and people can actually like keep going, and push their essays, get their essays in in time to go out clubbing, which I've definitely done quite a few times. So yeah, no, it's really important across the board that we keep this opportunity open to everyone.

Lucas Bertholdi, Oxford SU: Hi, Lucas, he/him, VP for Access and Academic Affairs. In terms of the next sort the plan is in place for 15 years or whatever, looks for 15 years in terms of that I wonder if it might be worth proposing new sort of nightclub areas in Oxford. I don't think anyone hears from Brookes University, but obviously the clubs in central Oxford are quite far from Brookes, and a lot of students also live out in Cowley in East Oxford. It might be interesting to know. I don't believe there are any clubs beyond the Bullington on Cowley road or anywhere beyond Cowley road. So could be good to have an area in East Oxford.

Joe Inwood, Oxford SU: Joe, he/him. It might be worth if people really feel strongly about this contact the local councillor and hold them to account really. So if you're in Carfax or Holywell, we speak to the local councillors quite a lot on behalf of the student voice, but if they also hear from you directly, just send them an email saying what are you doing to stop the erosion of nightlife in the city of Oxford and see what they say.

Rosanna Greenwood, Oxford SU: In response to that, if anyone feels strong about this and wants to chat with me a little bit more about that so just send me a message on Facebook. Thank you so much that was really useful. Thank you.

Anisha Faruk, Chair of Council: Thank you. Is there any other business?

Joe Inwood, Oxford SU: Hello, this is me to be really really cheeky, and probably isn't allowed. So if the chair tells me to stop then just do it. But I've just had a thought that, obviously Council meets every fortnight and so far this term we've had quite a few councils where there hasn't been a big agenda. Can I do a really cheeky not to allowed show of hands if there were fewer councils in a term as in fewer than four, would you be in favour of that? Okay cool, we'll bear that in mind and I think we're going to come back next term with some proposals. Thanks.

Anisha Faruk, Chair of Council: Any other business? Seeing none. Thank you for attending this meeting. It's been brilliant being your chair this term and yeah close the meeting now. 


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